A coop with a special purpose.....

landziner

In the Brooder
Nov 15, 2016
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Hello all! It's unfathomable to me that I am just now getting around to joining this page. We have only had chickens for 7 years, but with all the changes and curve balls life has thrown, it seems so much longer. I started our chicken journey originally to help my special needs daughter Josie learn responsibility, but it has blossomed into SO much more than I could have ever anticipated. Primarily because of my daughter, so I guess that's the place for my story here to start, with my daughter. Josie was born with a rare genetic chromosomal disorder called Isodicentric 15, more commonly known as Dup15. Simply put, it's a duplication of the 15th chromosome. The length of the extra chromosome depicts the severity of the disability. Josie's extra is chromosome is short, so she is very high functioning. However, being a 14 year old, she performs in school at the level of a 1st grader. Now socially, she's all 14 year old. Talks back to us, plays tricks on us, fails miserably at delivering knock, knock jokes... Anyway, we bought her a nice little redwood playhouse when she was little, like 5 or so, which she quickly outgrew.

Our first playhouse coop....
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She played in it until she no longer fit into the door. That playhouse started the whole ball rolling, as anyone who has innocently started purchasing chickens knows. Josie was thrilled, but upset she couldn't get into the coop with them to be "the teacher". She then went on to explain to me what she meant by that.... " I want to be in the house with them so I can teach them school". That started the construction of coop V2.0. I knew no regular coop would do. I also knew the look I wanted but am not a planner when it comes to the creative process. I had been fortunate enough in my business that most of my landscape clients would just turned me loose and gave me artistic license in their yards. And with that, my dad, middle son Kaylor, and I began construction.....

Our first playhouse coop....
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Construction begins on coop V2.0...
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Front...
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Back...
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NHMountainMan

Free Ranging
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My Coop
My Coop
Hello all! It's unfathomable to me that I am just now getting around to joining this page. We have only had chickens for 7 years, but with all the changes and curve balls life has thrown, it seems so much longer. I started our chicken journey originally to help my special needs daughter Josie learn responsibility, but it has blossomed into SO much more than I could have ever anticipated. Primarily because of my daughter, so I guess that's the place for my story here to start, with my daughter. Josie was born with a rare genetic chromosomal disorder called Isodicentric 15, more commonly known as Dup15. Simply put, it's a duplication of the 15th chromosome. The length of the extra chromosome depicts the severity of the disability. Josie's extra is chromosome is short, so she is very high functioning. However, being a 14 year old, she performs in school at the level of a 1st grader. Now socially, she's all 14 year old. Talks back to us, plays tricks on us, fails miserably at delivering knock, knock jokes... Anyway, we bought her a nice little redwood playhouse when she was little, like 5 or so, which she quickly outgrew.

Our first playhouse coop....
View attachment 1889401 She played in it until she no longer fit into the door. That playhouse started the whole ball rolling, as anyone who has innocently started purchasing chickens knows. Josie was thrilled, but upset she couldn't get into the coop with them to be "the teacher". She then went on to explain to me what she meant by that.... " I want to be in the house with them so I can teach them school". That started the construction of coop V2.0. I knew no regular coop would do. I also knew the look I wanted but am not a planner when it comes to the creative process. I had been fortunate enough in my business that most of my landscape clients would just turned me loose and gave me artistic license in their yards. And with that, my dad, middle son Kaylor, and I began construction.....

Our first playhouse coop....
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Construction begins on coop V2.0...
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Front...
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Back...
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Fantastic! That looks like it was plucked right from the pages of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
 

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